Football isn’t the only sport impacted by the postponement of fall sports. USC basketball will be affected as well.
USC football isn’t alone in losing games to the coronavirus pandemic this fall. USC basketball will also have the season trimmed by the Pac-12’s decision to postpone fall sports.
On Tuesday the conference confirmed what had been suspected since the start of the weekend. They will not go forward with fall sports.
However, the nature of that decision has ramifications for winter sports as well. The postponement is for all Pac-12 sports though the end of the 2020 calendar year. That includes the non-conference schedule in basketball and the start of the conference slate.
USC basketball will not be able to go forward with a non-conference slate as planned.
Confirmation of the impact on basketball was made by Matt Norlander of CBS Sports.
“The Pac-12 has canceled ALL nonconference games in MEN’S BASKETBALL until at least January,” he tweeted.
USC’s non-conference slate hadn’t been officially released but they were scheduled to play in a couple of big matchups. A major game against Gonzaga was slated for Nov. 17 while a home-and-home series with Kansas was set up to begin at Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 19.
Both of those games are now on the cutting room floor unless they can successfully be rescheduled for early 2021.
A couple of Pac-12 games will be affected as well.
Last year, the conference approved an expansion of the Pac-12 schedule. USC was scheduled to host Stanford on Nov. 29 while traveling to Oregon State on Dec. 5. Obviously, those games have been nixed as well.
The powers that be on the basketball side of things have a bit more time to figure out their 2020-2021 season. However, they may find that the clock moves pretty fast. Decisions will have to be made sooner than they would like.
For now, Andy Enfield and his staff can approach the coming campaign hoping they will only miss out on a few non-confeerence games and not the whole thing like has happened to their counterparts in football.